Tree Pollarding

What Is Tree Pollarding?

Tree pollarding has a long history and is a crucial component of garden and property care.

In the Middle Ages, pollarding or cutting back the upper branches of trees and plants produced a steady supply of firewood, material for baskets, and animal feed.

These days, tree surgeons use it to keep trees and plants smaller than they would otherwise develop. Today, plant health and garden aesthetics are the key priorities when pollarding in towns and suburbs.

This quick pollarding guide was created to assist you in choosing the best tree service and informing your decisions on the upkeep of your garden and trees.

What does tree pollarding do?

Tree Pollard Services


Tree pollarding is used to:

Rejuvenate specific shrubs and trees

Getting rid of weak or spindly branches allows the tree’s life force to flow into the healthy area. Pollarding has the additional benefit of allowing for the removal of any rotting or diseased branches, which could eventually pose a risk to the property. (It’s kind of like going back in time to your adolescent years when you’re in your 40s; there are no aches and pains.)

Encourage the development of a healthy vegetation beneath the tree.

Unpollarded trees and shrubs can serve as a canopy or umbrella above the ground. Tree pollarding and tree thinning can allow fresh air to circulate and sunshine to reach the ground. This promotes plant development and may give the impression that the garden has “opened up.”

Increase the amount of foliage at lower level

Rather than focusing your attention on spindly brown wood, pollarding ensures that new growth is visible at a lower level.
Landscape architects understand how the height of plants and trees in your garden can dramatically alter the appearance of the space.

Increase garden space

Unchecked horizontal and vertical tree growth can eat up landscape space and reduce the enjoyment and value of your garden.

Change a tree’s balance

Top heavy trees near buildings can become a hazard in high winds – pollarding, along with other forms of tree surgery, can reduce tree canopy exposure to wind and weather, lowering the risk of dangerous tree failure.

Keep your trees and shrubs away from third-party services

Growth may affect and interfere with utilities (such as power lines, phone cables, and street lighting). You may be held accountable as a landowner.

Please keep in mind that professional tree surgeon advice and assistance is required in this situation.

So those are some of the reasons why you should pollard a tree. The following question is, ‘Is my actual tree suitable for pollarding?’



Should my tree be pollarded?

The following broadleaf trees respond well to pollarding:

  • Oaks (Quercus)
  • Beeches (Fagus)
  • Maples (Acer)
  • Chestnuts (Aesculus)
  • Willows (Salix)
  • Planes (Platanus)
  • Lindens / Limes (Tilia)

Don’t panic if it’s not on the list; a tree surgeon will give you advice on whether pollarding is appropriate and when the ideal time of year to do so is.

A Hair Cut For Trees?

Hedge Trimming


Last but not least, did you know that the word pollard derives from the old word “poll,” which referred to the top or crown of your head. To poll means to chop your hair in old English.

You can get in touch with North West Trees And Stumps if you want to give your trees and shrubs a good trim. With 20 years of experience, you can be sure that your trees will look fantastic.

(PS – Regular pollarding upkeep on your trees will benefit them much like a decent haircut on your own head will.)